Making extensive use of primary sources such as chronicles, letters, customaries, and miracle stories, historian Julie Kerr opens the sealed doors of everyday life within the Medieval Cloister. Kerr examines the difficulty of transition for new members as well as the day to day struggles for all members living under a vow of poverty. Moreover, in detail, Kerr discusses the eating habits, family ties, health, silence, and the silent life of the individual monk. Highly informative, this book will make an excellent resource in any course on Medieval Spirituality, especially allowing students to escape from only Academic Theology, and truly delving into the life of these remarkable Christians, and how they lived on a day-to-day basis. Sure to spark great discussion.
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